The Simple Wild
Calla Fletcher wasn't even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

The Simple Wild Details

TitleThe Simple Wild
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781501133435
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

The Simple Wild Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.Is it bad etiquette to start a review with a quote by another author? Because while reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tarryn Fisher’s quote in one of my favorite books of all-time, Mud Vein, “What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?” “One is a choice, and one is not.” And I know I haven’t been on this Earth for that long, but that quote is the one of the truest things I’ve ARC provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.Is it bad etiquette to start a review with a quote by another author? Because while reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tarryn Fisher’s quote in one of my favorite books of all-time, Mud Vein, “What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?” “One is a choice, and one is not.” And I know I haven’t been on this Earth for that long, but that quote is the one of the truest things I’ve ever read in literature. And it really encompasses the theme of The Simple Wild. And sometimes, when you’re lucky enough, and are able to do everything in your power, you are able to have them both. Let me also start this review off by saying that I feel like this book was very catered to my personal tastes, and I’ll go into that more in the review, but The Simple Wild is currently my favorite romance of 2018. The writing, the setting, the messages, the romance? It was all perfect in my eyes. This was also my first KA Tucker book, but I promise that it won’t be my last. “What hold does Alaska have on them? What makes this place worth giving everything else up?” The Simple Wild centers around a twenty-six-year-old named Calla, who has lived twenty-four years in Toronto with her mother. And both Calla and her mother, Susan, have spent most of those years wishing that the man they left in a very remote part of Alaska would come back for them. Calla’s father took over his father’s aviation business, that delivers supplies, food, and medical treatment all over the native towns around this rural part of Alaska. But they’ve both moved on; Susan married an amazing new man, Simon, and Calla just gave up the hope that her father would ever be more than distant heartache. That is, until a woman calls Calla and urges her to finally meet her father, after all these years, before it’s too late and she is never given the chance again. Calla, with the help and support of a few amazing people, decides to fly out and stay for a while in the remote village in Alaska that her father has always chosen over her and her mother. “I’d always ask him to fly out to visit me. I mean, he had all these planes to choose from, so why couldn’t he just hop in one of them and come?” KA Tucker says that Bangor is a made-up place in Alaska, but oh my gosh did I fall in love with this fictional community. And Calla gets to meet the people who have been her father’s family for his entire life. And I’ll never make excuses for a parent not wanting to be a bigger part of their child’s life, but I actually felt so much empathy for Calla’s dad, Wren, too. After twenty-four year, he has never given up the love he has for Susan. And even though Calla’s romance is the focus of this book, Wren’s really got to me. Like, this book is easily the book that made me cry the most in 2018. Without question. Happy tears, sad tears, I never want this book to end tears. And you all know this is a romance book, so obviously Wren had to take a hot, thirty-one-year-old, pilot under his wing. And Calla and him start out with such an enemies to lovers plotline as soon as he picks her up to fly her to her father. And he obviously lives next-door to her father. And their paths are forced to cross constantly throughout Calla’s visit while she gets to finally know her father. And you all, I was weak for it. Also, this has the “trapped in the cabin in the woods” trope and I was screaming with heart eyes. “Just don’t make the same mistake I did and fall in love with one of those pilots.” Good Lord, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Jonah is honestly the type of guy that I personally like and am attracted to. And I feel kind of gross saying it, because he’s very much a “manly man” but not in a toxic masculine way, but in a “let me chop wood and put it on the fire we have going so I can cook for you” type way. I don’t know. I’m such a hot mess over this book. But I’m just saying that I’ve read 110 books this year, and Jonah is the only fictional dude character that I would personally let get it. Goodbye. But there is so much to love about Calla, too! Not only does she have empathy, and the courage to let a man who she has felt abandoned by her entire life in, but she’s also sure of herself and her worth. Also, she and her best friend run a lifestyle blog, and I loved every mention of it. From adding hyperlinks last minute, to finding deals every holiday season, to trying your hardest to take the perfect picture for Instagram. Like, it was all so relatable and it truly was the cherry on this already amazing sundae. And I feel like in general, I personally just had a lot of similarities to Calla. Also, just because I’m apparently an open book in this review, my dad is the same age as Wren. So, all the extra feels.And the overall message of this book is so important and so beautiful. We have to let people live the life that they want to live. We don’t have to agree, but we can always be supportive and try to be empathetic. I try not to talk about my personal life too much, but a lot of you know that cancer is something that I’ve chosen to center my life around, and it’s so important to let the person that is diagnosed choose what is best for them. And, this book is just so heartbreakingly beautiful. Because that’s really all life is; choice after choice after choice. And each and every single one completely alters our life’s path. But controlling our feelings is something entirely different. And the connections we choose to make, too early or too late, is everything. “You should have called him. He should have called you. Your mom should never have left. Wren should have left Alaska for you. Who the hell knows what’s right, and what it would have led to, but it doesn’t matter because you can’t change any of that.” This book also shines a spotlight on found families and platonic love, too. This book really is just all about the different kinds of love in the world, really. The love between family, between friends, and between communities. I feel so sappy, but this book just really blew me and my expectations away. And even though this book was close to perfect in my eyes, it did have two elements that I didn’t enjoy. The first being just the general talk about beauty and what it means to be society’s standard of beauty. Calla gets a lot of shit from Jonah about the way she looks, and that’s something that has happened to me my entire life. And I get it from both sides of the spectrum: From dudes quizzing me with basic biology 101 questions because they can’t believe the degree I have, to my ex giving me shit because I can’t just roll out of bed and feel comfortable going places around town with them. We want girls to look a certain way, but we also want to make them feel bad for putting the time into looking that way. I don’t know. I’m getting so off topic but basically, I’m saying people have treated me the way Jonah treated Calla’s beauty in this book, and I don’t like it. And good Lord, did I hate the nickname “Barbie” so much. But I was living for Jonah constantly being proven wrong on his assumptions and prejudices. Girls are beautiful with no makeup or with a full face of makeup, one doesn’t erase the other. The only thing that matters is what the girl feels comfortable with, and what makes them happy. Also, make up can be really expensive, so show some damn respect. My only other complaint is Calla’s mother, Susan, and her treatment of Simon. Susan does a lot of hurtful things in this book. And Simon is like the best character in all of literature, so it feels extra bad. Like, who paints someone’s bookshelves when they aren’t home? Like, I don’t know. I really liked Wren, but I honestly disliked Susan, which I feel like will be an unpopular opinion, but it’s honestly how I felt. Also, Simon deserves the entire galaxy and all the stars within it! Overall, I just loved this. The setting was absolutely perfect and so very atmospheric. I loved the romance more than any word combination I could come up with. I loved the message of living your life to the fullest, and the theme of found families always being better than family of origin. I just loved The Simple Wild and I believe with my whole heart that it will make my best of 2018 list come this December. And again, this book felt very personal to me, but I recommend it to everyone with my entire soul. And, friends, don’t waste your life on wishes; if you want something – go for it, always. Life is short, but it’s never too late to go after your dreams and fight for something you love. Love can be so messy and so complicated, but it’s always worth it. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Trigger and content warnings for abandonment, terminal disease, talk of cancer, some weird comments about body and weight that made me a little uncomfortable, and loss of a loved one.The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!!! The Simple Wild is KA Tucker at her best. I've read a lot of this authors work, most of her books, actually. And this book one is tied as my favorite of hers (Ten Tiny Breaths is hard to top). It had romance, adventure, and was a story about finding yourself. A perfect combination. I loved everything about it! Calla Fletcher was born in the Alaskan wild, but was moved to Canada with her mother when she was only 2. She hasn't been back since. She's 26 now, living in Toronto and life i 5 stars!!! The Simple Wild is KA Tucker at her best. I've read a lot of this authors work, most of her books, actually. And this book one is tied as my favorite of hers (Ten Tiny Breaths is hard to top). It had romance, adventure, and was a story about finding yourself. A perfect combination. I loved everything about it! Calla Fletcher was born in the Alaskan wild, but was moved to Canada with her mother when she was only 2. She hasn't been back since. She's 26 now, living in Toronto and life is good. Until things start to fall apart. On top of that, she finds out that her father is unwell. Even though she hasn't seen or spoken to him in a while, she knows the right thing to do is to see him, so to Alaska she goes. Calla can't begin to imagine what life is like in rural Alaska. She's heard stories from her mother, but it's nothing like living it. Calla's father, Wren, owns a line of airplanes that transports goods, people, etc around Alaska and has quite a few pilots that work for him. The one that picks Calla up is Jonah. Jonah and Calla seem like the most unlikely pair. And in a lot of ways, they are. I love the way these two bicker and banter. Enemies to lovers story-lines really work for me. Jonah and Calla's relationship made me laugh, smile, and swoon. They are the epitome of opposites attract, because under all that bickering, there is some serious chemistry between them.But how could things work out when they're from opposite ends? It can’t lead anywhere, so what’s the point? I’m going back to Toronto, where I belong, and he’s staying here in Alaska, where he belongs. Jonah is a fantastic hero. He's rugged, alpha (but not in a jerky or over the top way) and an all around good guy. And I really loved Calla's character as well. The romance in this story was fantastic. I loved watching in build and watching things change and grow between the two of them, but this book isn't just a romance. It's SO MUCH MORE than a romance. This is a story about family ties. It's a story about growth, about learning who you are, and about discovering what life is really all about. I am in love with this book. The writing is stunning, the story is character driven in the best way, and the plot was original and kept me captivated from the start. I loved so many of the characters, aside from Calla and Jonah. Simon and Wren were both especially fantastic. The Simple Wild goes beyond the surface. It's a profound story and one I will carry with me. It will definitely make my top favorites list of 2018 and it's a book I highly recommend!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good. <3 Full review to come.
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    <3 Top Favorite <35 starsThis is one of these books that you'll stay with you forever.It was such a beautiful, captivating and unique story.I felt so connected to Calla it was like I was her!The Simple Wild isn't a simple romance it's so much more.Prepare yourself and go blind into this one, you will have so many feelings.It's one of these stories that will touch you and it will bring you many emotions.The romance was perfect, it was so entertained watching them battle most of the time.I l <3 Top Favorite <35 starsThis is one of these books that you'll stay with you forever.It was such a beautiful, captivating and unique story.I felt so connected to Calla it was like I was her!The Simple Wild isn't a simple romance it's so much more.Prepare yourself and go blind into this one, you will have so many feelings.It's one of these stories that will touch you and it will bring you many emotions.The romance was perfect, it was so entertained watching them battle most of the time.I love their journey.Like I said I'm in love with Calla I want to be her best friend, I was so connected with her.Jonah intrigued me a lot and I really like him.I wish I could read it again from the beginning, it means so much to me!It goes to my top favorites for this year and it's an unforgettable story!    
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  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    View this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.I think the Texas heat has made my obsession with Alaska come to a head this summer. I have been religiously watching Alaska State Troopers and have been eager to read or watch anything Alaskan-related lately. Thanks to Atria Publishing, my obsession was able to continue when I received the ARC of The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker through Netgalley. This book has been one of my most anticipated reads for the year and did not disappoint.Though View this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.I think the Texas heat has made my obsession with Alaska come to a head this summer. I have been religiously watching Alaska State Troopers and have been eager to read or watch anything Alaskan-related lately. Thanks to Atria Publishing, my obsession was able to continue when I received the ARC of The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker through Netgalley. This book has been one of my most anticipated reads for the year and did not disappoint.Though this story neatly fits into the Contemporary Romance category, it is so much more! Calla Fletcher, though born in the rugged state of Alaska, grew up as a Toronto city-girl. When her mother couldn't tough out the harsh life Alaska is known for, despite the love she felt for Wren Fletcher, she fled back to the life she knew with their daughter Calla in tow, resulting in Calla's extended estrangement from her father. Out of the blue more than twenty years later, Calla receives a phone call informing her of her father's cancer. Out of curiosity more than anything, the city gal decides to take her chances in the wild world of Alaska, hoping to reconnect with her father. However, when she gets there, she meets setback after setback, the majority being at the hands of the callous Jonah. The bush pilot who happens to be Wren Fletcher's right-hand man... and the man Calla loves to hate.The writing grabbed my attention from the get-go and I was eager to see how things would go for Calla when she made it to Alaska. If anyone has ever seemed unfit for the landscape, it was her! There was not a rugged bone in her body, despite her Alaskan birthright. When she made it to her destination, I couldn't help but feel annoyed with her bratty attitude about the state. At one point, I was so fed up with her rude statements that seemed to make fun of Alaskans, I was sure I wouldn't like the book if she continued on in the same way. Thankfully, my eagerness to see how Jonah would challenge the "Barbie" made me stick with the story. Jonah was set on making Calla's time in Alaska a living hell, and he certainly met the challenge. He was a complete jerk from the start!As the story went on, Calla and Jonah showed immense growth and made me love them in their own unique ways. K.A. Tucker does a phenomenal job of making these characters feel like living, breathing humans. I have never experienced such a dramatic shift in my opinions about characters in a book before. I liked Calla, didn't like her, then loved her. I disliked Jonah, then end up loving him more than almost any male character I've read before. He is topping my list of book boyfriends, right behind Jamie Fraser, y'all! My favorite thing about Jonah was what I hated about him in the beginning, much like Calla did herself - his wonky sense of humor. I also loved that an author finally wrote a manly-man into existence. Jonah is absolutely my type of guy, but these men are so rarely written, in exchange for the suits, the billionaires, the tattooed, or the rockstars. This "sky cowboy" was everything I didn't know I needed in a male lead with his hardworking attributes and rough around the edges exterior.I'm still shocked about my shift in opinion about this story and decided to bump it up from four stars to five for this amazing enemies-to-lovers tale with so much heart, fun, and growth. I teared up at the end, felt all the things I hoped I would, and could imagine I was a part of the story myself. I couldn't ask for more from a book! In fact, I loved The Simple Wild so much, I know I will revisit it again in the future for a re-read. I didn't want to let these characters go, and I'm sure you won't either.I can't recommend K.A. Tucker's upcoming release enough! Pre-order this beauty now or purchase your copy on August 7th.
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  • Sandra Cortez
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I read this months ago and I was forbidden from discussing which was the absolute worst because it was SO GOOD!! KA Tucker delivered the perfect balance of romance, laughter and all the sads. I’m not going to lie I cried a few times. The emotion felt raw and real. It’s been a while since I’ve read a KA Tucker contemporary and she nailed everything I look for in a contemporary romance. I could not recommend this enough. It was really such a great story. One that I couldn’t shake for days afte OMG I read this months ago and I was forbidden from discussing which was the absolute worst because it was SO GOOD!! KA Tucker delivered the perfect balance of romance, laughter and all the sads. I’m not going to lie I cried a few times. The emotion felt raw and real. It’s been a while since I’ve read a KA Tucker contemporary and she nailed everything I look for in a contemporary romance. I could not recommend this enough. It was really such a great story. One that I couldn’t shake for days after the last page and those are the books I long for. And I might add even though it’s categorized as contemporary it has all the feels as some of my most favorite Women’s fiction. It’s deep and heavily layered. Bravo Kathleen, The Simple Wild was fantastic!
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  • Bex | TotallyBex.com
    January 1, 1970
    I literally just finished and now I want to start again from the beginning! I think this is my new favorite KA Tucker book and certainly one of the best I've read this year!! I loved every minute of the story and characters—plus, the imagery is so realistic, I could imagine being in Alaska with Calla (not to mention the delicious Viking!).If this book isn't on your radar, it's a MUST READ!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsI went into this book completely blind except for knowing that Alaska played a part in the story. Wow, the last 100 pages blew my mind. This book was so much more emotional than I was expecting. I am happy to say that this book made me feel so much! The Simple Wild is a contemporary romance. Although I would say that there is so much more to the story than just the romance. The narrator is 26 year old Calla Fletcher. The book takes place in both Toronto and rural Alaska.I am a big KA 4.5/5 starsI went into this book completely blind except for knowing that Alaska played a part in the story. Wow, the last 100 pages blew my mind. This book was so much more emotional than I was expecting. I am happy to say that this book made me feel so much! The Simple Wild is a contemporary romance. Although I would say that there is so much more to the story than just the romance. The narrator is 26 year old Calla Fletcher. The book takes place in both Toronto and rural Alaska.I am a big KA Tucker fan. So I absolutely could not wait to read this book. I have a huge TBR pile and only very few books get read as soon as I get them. But this was one of them. I also love that the cover model for this book is another favorite author, Renée Carlino.There are a bunch of aspects of this book that I think are note worthy: 1. Alaskan setting, 2. the relationship with her dad, 3. Calla herself, 4. the romance, 5. the supporting characters.The Alaskan setting is the star of this book. I can't recall if I've ever read a book where Alaska was the main setting. But it was such a key and important part of this story. I really enjoyed how Alaska was such an important/amazing part of this book. The setting was like nothing I have ever experienced. And the people were so different and amazing, especially Mabel and Agnes. The setting was so unique. And I really enjoyed the airplane/pilots aspect of the story.The relationship with her dad was really compelling. I thought that her trying to reconnect with her dad was such a key and amazing part of this story. It definitely added so much to this book.Calla was an interesting narrator. Truthfully at the start of the book she was not the most likable narrator. She was nice enough. She definitely wasn't horrible. But she seemed a bit bratty and materialistic. Buying all kinds of fancy clothes, wearing fancy shoes, and needing tons of make-up seemed so snobby. But she definitely grew on me.Okay so I am going to put this out there: I did not really like Jonah at the start. It's not that Jonah was a bad guy. But the idea of Calla falling for him did not really make sense to me. For the first half of the book I was not really ecstatic with the romance aspect of the story. I was not really invested in the romance. I was hoping that the author could change my opinion. And she really did.There were some really amazing supporting characters in this book. I really liked Calla's mom. But I was completely in love with her stepfather Simon. I loved that he was British and that he was a shrink. Him giving Calla advice was such a great part of this book.The second half of the book was so good. The end was strong. And honestly for the last 100 pages I could not put the book down.I tend to love books that are emotional or that make me feel. And honestly I was not expecting this book to be as emotional as it was. And I was not expecting to feel as much as I did. There was one thing that happened at 95% that made me feel so much. I could hardly stand it.I was so curious how this book would end. What would happen with her dad? What would happen with the romance? I was trying to figure out in my head what would be a satisfying ending. And I had trouble wrapping my head around anything that would make sense. But I think that the author did a good job.First half of the book was 4 stars. Second half of the book was 5 stars. However, to me the end is everything. And overall, the last 100 pages were so good, and made me feel so much. I really loved this story!Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to Atria and netgalley for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThat was way more emotional than I thought it was going to be. In fact, I underestimated the power behind The Simple Wild. Maybe I did that because I’ve never read K.A. Tucker before, or maybe it was because the cover seemed so serene and peaceful. I don’t know. But after finishing, I can say I’m absolutely wrecked by this story. It stung. A lot. It was bittersweet and beautiful and wholly impactful. It moved me, made me think, broke my heart, and had me falling in love in at so many di 4.5 StarsThat was way more emotional than I thought it was going to be. In fact, I underestimated the power behind The Simple Wild. Maybe I did that because I’ve never read K.A. Tucker before, or maybe it was because the cover seemed so serene and peaceful. I don’t know. But after finishing, I can say I’m absolutely wrecked by this story. It stung. A lot. It was bittersweet and beautiful and wholly impactful. It moved me, made me think, broke my heart, and had me falling in love in at so many different stages. It’s a story of regrets and forgiveness, of life, acceptance, and making the most of the time we’re given. It’s breathtaking, slow-burning, detailed and riveting, and I simply can’t stress enough how much I loved this book, how much you need to read it. It was so heartfelt. As I sit here eyes red and swollen from sobbing, heart achy yet filled to the brim with absolute fullness from the journey I just went on, I can’t help but think that this is most certainly one of those unforgettable stories of 2018. It felt important, more than just romance, it was about self discovery and reflection, about acceptance and forgiveness. Just downright fantastic.The Simple Wild, at it's essence, is about relationships. It’s Calla Fletcher's journey. The gist of it is: Calla gets laid off at work and in the same week finds out her father has lung cancer. Her dad lives in a remote part of Alaska and Calla lives in Toronto. They don’t have a relationship. 12 years prior Calla cut it off because she was tired of being disappointed, rejected, and feeling unimportant to a man who never seemed to show up for her. But with her dad's illness comes a sensation she's unable to ignore, and at the urging of her stepdad, Calla decides to go to Alaska to see her father, to make peace with him. Only once there, in the remote town of Bangor, she not only finds her dad but a rugged pilot that just might have the power to rock everything she's ever known. And holy FEELS, does this story make you ache ALL OVER. It was unforgettable. A real, raw, slow building, deep, and absolutely gorgeous story that focuses on human relationships. It delves into the broken bond between Calla and her father, uncovers those oozing wounds and regrets and lost time, but also heals and makes peace. It teaches you to let go of things you can’t change, to look beyond yourself and SEE THE OTHER PERSON. To accept things because life is so short. It's a story that punched me in the gut. I have daddy issues, like many people in the world. In fact my father is dying of emphysema. He’s at the severe part of his disease. Calla’s feelings toward Wren (her dad) were something I could so easily and wholly relate to. On top of that, the relationship that blooms between Calla and Jonah, our rugged, masculine, Alaskan pilot simply steals your breath. This story is layered and so well done. We get the stingy, bittersweet angst, but we also the dreamy, sexy romance. And gosh, it's all so intense and honestly, I felt every word. I just FELT IT. And I just loved it. And I never wanted it to end. Overall, this was the sweetest, most wonderful read. It’s a heart rendering story with such a powerful message. Don’t let time pass you by. It’s precious. We get one life. Live it. Make the most of it. Love the people around you in spite of their flaws or differences. Regrets are the worst, and relationships are so important. This story is the best. I just ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. And I hope you pick it up! I highly recommend it.
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s not like we’re repeating my parents’ mistakes, though. We didn’t meet each other in some bar and fall madly in love. We didn’t even like each other at first. And I’m not about to get caught up in some false romantic fantasy about moving to Alaska. There's something a bit ironic about a city dwelling risk analyst unintentionally falling for a man who risks his life everyday as an Alaskan bush pilot. Somehow the biggest gamble of all circumvents Calla's safeguards when she finds herself twis It’s not like we’re repeating my parents’ mistakes, though. We didn’t meet each other in some bar and fall madly in love. We didn’t even like each other at first. And I’m not about to get caught up in some false romantic fantasy about moving to Alaska. There's something a bit ironic about a city dwelling risk analyst unintentionally falling for a man who risks his life everyday as an Alaskan bush pilot. Somehow the biggest gamble of all circumvents Calla's safeguards when she finds herself twisted up in a complicated romance with Jonah while visiting the brutal Alaskan terrain in her attempt at mending old wounds with her estranged father. Hello!?!? DOESN'T THAT SOUND JUST FANTASTIC?!? Whatever the blurb of this book suggests, (I didn't bother reading it because KA Tucker is a drop-everything-and-read-immediately author for me) THIS BOOK IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE. He’s rural Alaska, thriving on quiet nights and wild, crazy rides in the sky to save lives. I’m the girl who... is feeling the pull of the city bustle. Of her old life. I never wanted this book to end. With each turn of the page, I was both eager to see how things would play out and reluctant to continue on for fear that I'd read this book too fast. I fell so hard and so fast for these characters, for this premise, for this beautifully unforgettable story of adventure and romance and character growth. This story devastated me as much as it exhilarated me. It broke my heart, filled me with wanderlust, satiated my inner romantic, and it BLEW ME AWAY with how beautifully it all came to life through Tucker's lush prose. This moving story touched me in ways few books have before. I could relate to Calla's situation on a profound level, so this book really hit home for me. But it would've undoubtedly done that even if we didn't have this one distinct thing in common because this book is simply on another level of amazing.This is quite possibly my new FAVORITE read of the year. This is absolutely my new favorite book from KA Tucker. As soon as I finished, I wanted to go back and reread it. I was as consumed by the fractured relationship Calla had with her father as I was by the brimming attraction between Calla and Jonah. I was as lost in the dangerous beauty of Alaska as I was in Calla's own story of self discovery and forgiveness. This is a slow burning, sensual romance that is perfectly layered with delicious sexual tension, sharp witty banter, and, inevitably, intense emotion. But it's bigger than that. Wilder. More profound. For Calla, this experience is life altering, soul searing, wound mending. And for me, as the reader, it was much the same. I felt so many things on these pages. This world that KA Tucker brilliantly illuminates around these characters is breathtaking and emotional and wholly addictive. There just aren't words to properly explain how much I loved this book.There's such powerful messages within this story about seizing moments, about fighting for what you want before it's too late, about forgiveness, about how easy it is to blur the truth behind the mirage of social media. This is a smart story. This is a rich, sweeping account of going back to the beginning in order to figure out what's next. It's powerful in the most simple ways but wildly emotional and fiercely romantic all at once. It is arguably THE BEST contemporary romance I've read this year and one I love too much not to revisit again and again. If you only read one book this year, let it be THE SIMPLE WILD. It'll carry you aloft on a heartfelt adventure of love and family that you'll never want to end.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    Between 3-4 stars. The last 25% was 1,000x better than the fist 75%. Lots of emotional manipulation. Enjoyed at the end. Full review when I’m back from the beach!
  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    My tears cried tears, my heart exploded, and my laughter rang loud. The Simple Wild was anything but simple.City girl Calla leaves her upper-class home in Toronto to travel to Bangor, Alaska, to visit her ailing father. While Calla was uneasy about seeing her father for the first time in 24 years, experiencing the rugged wild her mother spoke so often about was equally as daunting. She didn't anticipate though, that her biggest challenge would be from the man she nicknamed the Yeti. Jonah challe My tears cried tears, my heart exploded, and my laughter rang loud. The Simple Wild was anything but simple.City girl Calla leaves her upper-class home in Toronto to travel to Bangor, Alaska, to visit her ailing father. While Calla was uneasy about seeing her father for the first time in 24 years, experiencing the rugged wild her mother spoke so often about was equally as daunting. She didn't anticipate though, that her biggest challenge would be from the man she nicknamed the Yeti. Jonah challenges her beliefs about herself, her dad and her life. He forces her to reevaluate what's important and to take in the beauty around her.Jonah and Calla were night and day. They were oil and vinegar. Where he was used to the relaxing calm of the wild, she was a city girl at heart, with places to go and people to see. She dressed up in two hundred dollar sweaters and he wore relaxed shirts and jeans bought at the local mart. She learned to see through his grumpiness and he appreciated her sass and backbone. By the time Calla is to return to Toronto, neither want to imagine life without the other person in it, but the city girl needs her city and the Yeti, won't leave his wild . ❝I did warn you about falling in love with one of those sky cowboys, didn't I?❞ I'm not sure how to express all of the overwhelming feelings swirling in my head right now. Wren, Calla and Jonah's story touched me profoundly and viscerally. I lost my dad to cancer almost 5 years ago, July 13, 2013. It was devastating and heartbreaking. Reading the story of these three brought all those feelings back. My heart broke for them. It broke for me. Between the physical decline, to hospice, to the anger, fear, and regret these characters experienced, Tucker's portrayal of an ailing parent was honest and real. It could have been my family she was writing about. Yet, while there were tear-inducing moments, there were also many funny, light-hearted and heart-warming moments, too. ❝You asked why I kissed you.❞I hazard a glance upward, to find his piercing blue eyes alight with heat. ❝And you said it's because you wanted to.❞❝That wasn't the right answer.❞ He reaches up to smooth the wet strands of clingy hair off my forehead, his gaze wild as it skitters across my features. ❝You have been driving me f*cking insane for days and I couldn't hold myself back for one more second.❞ I was so caught up in this story that when the end came, I felt an indescribable sadness. The story was consuming. The characters felt real. The writing was impeccable. This is my favorite K.A. Tucker book to date! THE SIMPLE WILD is beautiful slow-burn romance about family, forgiveness, and second chances.I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
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  • Bj
    January 1, 1970
    5 "The Sky Cowboy Yeti and Barbie Accidentally and Unintentionally Fall in Love" Stars! If you're looking for a unique story that is sure to hit you right in the feels department and that will sweep you away to a beautiful untouched place, then I highly recommend that you read The Simple Wild! From its beautiful descriptions of rural Alaska and how bush pilots are essential to a way of life in this untamed wild, to its candid look at how love between rural and city types can lead to heart wrench 5 "The Sky Cowboy Yeti and Barbie Accidentally and Unintentionally Fall in Love" Stars! If you're looking for a unique story that is sure to hit you right in the feels department and that will sweep you away to a beautiful untouched place, then I highly recommend that you read The Simple Wild! From its beautiful descriptions of rural Alaska and how bush pilots are essential to a way of life in this untamed wild, to its candid look at how love between rural and city types can lead to heart wrenching decisions as well as nonextinguishable love, this book will take you on your journey that will cause you to question just what you would do, and leave you rooting for love to find a way to traverse what seems like insurmountable odds. Calla Fletcher never remembers meeting her father. She was just two years old when her city loving mother, left her father (a bush pilot in rural Alaska), to go back home to Toronto. Amazingly, Calla is now 26 years old, and her father still never managed to come see her before. But when on top of losing her job, she finds out that her father has lung cancer, she is convinced it may be time to meet him before its too late. So she embarks on a journey to the small town of fictional Bangor, Alaska where she was born. Though she questions why she should even bother to make amends to meet her father, when he clearly never found the time to come and get to know her.To her surprise though, rather than her father, the bush pilot who comes to pick her up in Anchorage to take her to her father's town, Jonah, is quite possibly the rudest, most unlikeable man she has ever met. What's more he looks like a Yeti with his wild unkempt beard, and general appearance, even if he likely is only a few years older than her. He clearly has little tolerance for her, even if she catches him gazing at her a few times. Why then does it seem like everyone in the little town she was born in seem to like him, and moreover the women all seem to be attracted to him?Just why did Calla's father stay away all those years? After 24 years apart, is there any way to repair the father/daughter bond? Moreover, why is Jonah treating Calla this way? Could there possibly be anyway for the two to find a way to get along during her short visit to Alaska? Or will history once again find a way of repeating itself? KA Tucker never ceases to amaze me. I have read many, many of her books, and she always manages to bring a fresh and new perspective to romance. The Simple Wild is completely unlike any of her prior books that I have read and yet it managed to elicit a deep emotional response just like all her priors. I can't wait to see what new and unique romantic world she conjures up in the future! Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.
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  • Brandie
    January 1, 1970
    This author can be hit or miss for me. The last book I read I really disliked, so I was very hesitant to pick this one up. I’m so glad I did. Maybe I was just in the right mood for it, but it was the perfect slow burning, enemies to lovers book. I loved the witty banter. I loved the pace, even though the book only takes place over a few weeks, it doesn’t feel rushed. Not only did I love Calla and Jonah, but I loved all of the supporting characters, especially her dad and her stepdad. I looked fo This author can be hit or miss for me. The last book I read I really disliked, so I was very hesitant to pick this one up. I’m so glad I did. Maybe I was just in the right mood for it, but it was the perfect slow burning, enemies to lovers book. I loved the witty banter. I loved the pace, even though the book only takes place over a few weeks, it doesn’t feel rushed. Not only did I love Calla and Jonah, but I loved all of the supporting characters, especially her dad and her stepdad. I looked forward to every chance I got to pick it up and read, and I haven’t had much luck with that lately. Just an overall great summer read. ❤️
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  • Tara | Slow Readers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I HIGHLY recommend this book. Easily a favorite of all-time, definitely my favorite of 2018. I wrote a gushing review, gushed all over Facebook (including my personal page, which I never do), and even felt compelled to gush in a message to the author (another thing I never do). I pre-ordered the paperback and I can't wait to hold this beauty in my hands. A cover has never fit a book or captured the mood of a book so well. READ. THIS. BOOK. Full review to come on release day.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: August 7, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Recommended Read Damn. My eyes are read and swollen from this ending! K. A. Tucker has written another winner for the romance genre, and I know that many readers are going to fall head over heels in love with this book. From the likable and interesting characters to the picturesque setting, this book had everything I never knew I wanted. Normally, readers about settings such as Alaska aren't my thing. I am mor Release Date: August 7, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Recommended Read Damn. My eyes are read and swollen from this ending! K. A. Tucker has written another winner for the romance genre, and I know that many readers are going to fall head over heels in love with this book. From the likable and interesting characters to the picturesque setting, this book had everything I never knew I wanted. Normally, readers about settings such as Alaska aren't my thing. I am more a small town girl who like hot cowboys and a southern drawl. But this book and the way the author brand the wilds of Alaska to life was memorizing. I felt like I was there. I felt the sense of community and the love these people had for a simple life. She perfected this setting and made a readers like me who is set in her ways fall in love. What a wonderful book. I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a romance that takes its time. Regardless of the love I felt for the The Simple Wild, there was really one thing that bothered me about the book- it's length. I feel like it was a bit long and slow in some parts. While I suppose it does make sense because readers will feel the slow build up of relationships within the novel, I found myself wanting to skip over sections just to get to the good parts. I mean this in the least offensive way. It's my personal preference in reading material. I would rather read a shorter book than one over 400 pages any day because it leaves me with more time to read others on my ever growing TBR. Again, this is my personal preference and has nothing to do with the story itself. It's actually quite exquisite despite the length. With that, this is a story of a woman who finds herself in Alaskan Wild. Visiting her father who she hasn't seen in 24 years is difficult at best so she really needs to dig down deep in her soul to forgive the past. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a lot of time because she has learned her father is sick. But as she grows to accept their tattered past and finds solace in an unlikely ally, she begins to find peace. Will Calla fall hard like her mother did, into a relationship that would never make it beyond where she is now? Or will fate step in? Readers will have to read this beautiful book to find out!K.A. Tucker fans and those who are looking for a novel to get lost in will rejoice for K.A. Tuckers newest novel. I fell easily in love with this story and I know many readers are going to feel the asme as I do.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The family drama, emotions long hidden and a life in Alaska are the new themes in this amazing upcoming novel by my favorite K.A. Tucker!Calla Fletcher has just lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend and found out that her father is sick with the c-word. Taking a brave step, she travels to Alaska where she will try to connect with her father, learn about living in the frontier and a I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The family drama, emotions long hidden and a life in Alaska are the new themes in this amazing upcoming novel by my favorite K.A. Tucker!Calla Fletcher has just lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend and found out that her father is sick with the c-word. Taking a brave step, she travels to Alaska where she will try to connect with her father, learn about living in the frontier and also get to know Jonah the pilot (whom I'd really want to have if he was an actual person!)I adored the story, the setting and I'm sure that Tucker did a spectacular job in her research; knowing myself I wouldn't be able to live there. But the story doesn't stop there, it also covers the difficulties of life, the indigenous people living in Alaska and it's filled with wild nature and amazing scenery. Through Calla's eyes we see Alaska as if it was a documentary and the emotions inflicted to her through the story are very realistic.On the other hand, I began reading The Simple Wild after having finished "The girl and her Ren" by Pepper Winters. That book gutted me in a way of ugly crying over the phone (lots of tissues I tell you), so the ending of the "Simple Wild" found me also in the Sobbing Land. But, Calla and Jonah pulled through and the book satisfies you in the best bittersweet way.Family drama, romance, and an adventure, the Simple Wild is a must read!
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    One of my new favorites of 2018!!! I almost cried at the end, while I was taking public transportation. That's how good and emotional this book is. I fell in love with Calla, her family, Jonah, flying, and Alaska in this phenomenal read. This is definitely my favorite K.A. Tucker read to date.Full review to come!Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 Stars*** I went into this one expecting fireworks, a bit of angst and frustration, a few laughs and being able to relate ~ at least in my head ~ to some of the issues Calla would face in Alaska and I got that, but also so much more. I got the feels with this, big ones (I caught the teary sniffles). From the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I felt like if I put the book down I’d miss something and I just couldn’t let that happen so I “multitasked” and ate up every mom ***5 Stars*** I went into this one expecting fireworks, a bit of angst and frustration, a few laughs and being able to relate ~ at least in my head ~ to some of the issues Calla would face in Alaska and I got that, but also so much more. I got the feels with this, big ones (I caught the teary sniffles). From the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I felt like if I put the book down I’d miss something and I just couldn’t let that happen so I “multitasked” and ate up every moment.Calla was an interesting one for me. Overall, I honestly liked the girl and there were quite a few times when I was totally on board with her reactions, TOTALLY, but then there were those other moments where I groaned and thought “Oh God. You’re one of THOSE people.” because she was. It wasn’t a bad thing in my book, just fact But there is a lot more to her that even she doesn’t realize and I really enjoyed watching her evolve and become more.As for Jonah. I loved him. I did. I mean I bounced between wanting to hug him, climb him like a spider monkey and Gibbs smacking him. He was a mix of blunt, brutal honesty and blind compassion and it made him absolutely lethal on so many levels. Calla and Jonah’s journey is filled with a lot of head butting, A LOT. They have a lot of assumptions about a lot things and it was fun watching as they battled it out, only to find that they fit each other in that whole opposites attract way. And though their future at the end of the book is a bit up in the air, I can only see good things for both them.This was simply a great read. The characters, ALL of the characters were well written and brought so much to the story that it felt real. That these people could, and in some cases, should exist in this world because it would make it a better place. Agnes and Simon are definitely my favs, but Wren, Mabel and Susan are not far behind. And then there is Alaska. Alaska became a character unto itself with all it’s moody unpredictability. Did this book make me want to drop everything and check out the bush? Ummm...no. But it definitely gave me a deep appreciation of the land itself and those who call it home. So, if you’re looking for that book that is more than just a romance, filled with amazing characters and will fill you up with feels, then this is a definite must read!~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    January 1, 1970
    5 Out Of 5 "simply wild" STARS Once Calla arrives in Alaska, I was hooked on this story.  The sexual tension, the scenery, the desolation of Alaska, the lies, the misunderstandings, and the tears, just all of it.  I really came to love these characters and their stories.  All of them, especially, Simon, who is only a secondary character, but he is the best Step-Dad ever…if you have to have a step-dad than Simon can't be beaten.  Even Calla says "everyone needs a Simon in their lives".  Nobody do 5 Out Of 5 "simply wild" STARS Once Calla arrives in Alaska, I was hooked on this story.  The sexual tension, the scenery, the desolation of Alaska, the lies, the misunderstandings, and the tears, just all of it.  I really came to love these characters and their stories.  All of them, especially, Simon, who is only a secondary character, but he is the best Step-Dad ever…if you have to have a step-dad than Simon can't be beaten.  Even Calla says "everyone needs a Simon in their lives".  Nobody does angst quite as well as this Author, and this story has its fair share of it.  Even with the sad-as-hell cancer storyline, this felt refreshing and current.  It's also not weighed down with unnecessary drama.  The Simple Wild is exactly that…simply wild and now it's one of my favorite KA Tucker books.  I highly recommend to everyone. ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏~~~~~MY RATING~~~~~☆5☆STARS - GRADE= A+๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏ ~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~Plot~ 5/5Main Characters~ 5+/5Secondary Characters~ 5+/5The Feels~ 5/5Pacing~ 4.5/5Addictiveness~ 4.7/5Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5Originality~ 4.5/5Ending~ 4.5/5Book Cover~ Not the best part about the book, by far, but It's okay.Setting~ Bangor, Alaska & TorontoSource~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this, such a beautifully done story. Full review to come with blog tour.
  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    “I’m not just gonna give up without a fight and spend the rest of my life pining over you.” WOW! My heart is overflowing with so many emotions! I was captivated from the very first page! This beautiful, heart-wrenching, emotional, and powerful story made me FEEL SO MUCH! From the moment I read the blurb, I just KNEW that K.A. Tucker was going to once again…blow my mind with the raw and incredible emotion she puts into every single word.Calla and Jonah were unforgettable characters, as were the “I’m not just gonna give up without a fight and spend the rest of my life pining over you.” WOW! My heart is overflowing with so many emotions! I was captivated from the very first page! This beautiful, heart-wrenching, emotional, and powerful story made me FEEL SO MUCH! From the moment I read the blurb, I just KNEW that K.A. Tucker was going to once again…blow my mind with the raw and incredible emotion she puts into every single word.Calla and Jonah were unforgettable characters, as were the supporting cast. They were relatable, genuine, and good even if some of their actions would lead you to believe otherwise. Everything in The Simple Wild felt believable to me. It just felt so real. I wanted to throw myself into this story and give them hugs and maybe a verbal lashing when they needed it. The tension was there. It was a soft kind of tension, but it WAS there. The antagonistic banter was so fun and entertaining and just made me smile just at the right times. I laughed. I cried. I sobbed and I swooned. This book made me feel such a myriad of emotions. Tucker has penned something truly beautiful here. She is known for her incredible writing and her unbelievable literary range and this book, The Simple Wild, will show you EXACTLY why. I loved it! I lived it! I will definitely NEVER forget it. I have a lot of these by this author, but I think this might be one of my absolute favorites of hers. The Simple Wild is so much more than a love story. It’s a gorgeous journey about family. It’s about never giving up on them and being grateful for the time you have with them. It’s a story of love and hope and heart. It’s a story that you MUST read!
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  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me in a giant bag of balled up, emotional messiness. Completely shook. Yes, honestly, I was a crybaby mess by the time I was at the end. And I ended up staying up way later after I finished it, contemplating reading it again. Hoping to experience a smidge of all those feelings once more. At the start I couldn’t understand why Calla didn’t go off on Jonah every time he made some mean spirited remark, which started from the moment they met. I couldn’t fathom why she would stick aroun This book had me in a giant bag of balled up, emotional messiness. Completely shook. Yes, honestly, I was a crybaby mess by the time I was at the end. And I ended up staying up way later after I finished it, contemplating reading it again. Hoping to experience a smidge of all those feelings once more. At the start I couldn’t understand why Calla didn’t go off on Jonah every time he made some mean spirited remark, which started from the moment they met. I couldn’t fathom why she would stick around when it seemed like her dad didn’t want to put the effort into actually spending time with her, getting to know her. But then the jabs that Calla and Jonah slung back and forth soon started being a bit more fun and not so hateful. Flirting even? The moments her father shared with her soon became softer and more comfortable. And I realized I was happy that she didn't run home when she first arrived never knowing this new world. A world she missed out on since she was nearly 2. Then there was the last 20% of the book where I was in a perpetual state of ugly cries. My heart couldn't take it. My mind raced back to the hurt I experienced with my own father. My feelings mirrored those that Calla felt. It was all so bittersweet. At first I was wanting more than that ending but quickly realized it was actually pretty perfect the longer I sat there and pondered on it. Tucker gave a darn good story, quite possibly her best story yet. And I got to say, I loved every ounce of it. It was exceptional. It was heart wrenching. It was beautiful. My heart will forever think back on it and the wide array of emotions I experienced while reading it. Definitely a re-read worthy story. 5 Wild and Risky Stars! I was given an advanced copy from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Zelkovich
    January 1, 1970
    I do adore Mrs. Tucker and her writing style. In this latest read, we are taken into the wild of Alaska and thrust into a tale in which every character feels real. Choices made early on in Calla's life have affected her and everyone around her. Calla's journey to address some decisions between her parents leads her to Alaska and meeting the frigid Jonah. Through highs and lows, Readers are taken on a tailspin of uncovering the past while still living in the present and ever thinking how these de I do adore Mrs. Tucker and her writing style. In this latest read, we are taken into the wild of Alaska and thrust into a tale in which every character feels real. Choices made early on in Calla's life have affected her and everyone around her. Calla's journey to address some decisions between her parents leads her to Alaska and meeting the frigid Jonah. Through highs and lows, Readers are taken on a tailspin of uncovering the past while still living in the present and ever thinking how these decisions might shape the future. Another fantastic read in a beautiful setting with dynamic characters.
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    And I cried. RTC
  • Kari | Books For The Living
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just go ahead and do a reread right away? Full review to come soon.Spoiler alert: I loved it. Def a top fave read of the year.
  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* You know that moment when you turn to the last page of a book and sigh deeply and just smile because it was just that good of a read? Well that was me once I finished K.A. Tucker’s newest release, The Simple Wild. I was even tempted to flip back to the first page just to start this one over again because I swear I read this book way too fast. If you’re a fan of K.A. Tucker’s books or you love a good emo *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* You know that moment when you turn to the last page of a book and sigh deeply and just smile because it was just that good of a read? Well that was me once I finished K.A. Tucker’s newest release, The Simple Wild. I was even tempted to flip back to the first page just to start this one over again because I swear I read this book way too fast. If you’re a fan of K.A. Tucker’s books or you love a good emotional story with some romance on the side, then you’ll definitely want to keep reading this review. Calla Fletcher was just shy of two-years-old when she and her mother left Alaska after her parent’s marriage fell apart. Years later, Calla gets a call stating that her father is sick and despite not having spoken to him in years, Calla decides to head to Alaska in hopes of connecting with her estranged father and getting the answers she’s been yearning for. But getting those answers won’t be so simple, especially when she finds herself falling down the same path as her parents and having to make the same decision her mother made so many years ago.K.A. Tucker has once again stolen my heart and I want to yell all about The Simple Wild at the highest mountain peak in Alaska. I didn’t read the blurb before going into this book because I trust Tucker enough to deliver an amazing story and that she did! I swear this book was like crack because I was hooked right from the prologue. The writing was on point and I love how descriptive it was. Tucker did such a great job at setting up the scene and I totally felt like I was in the deep woodlands of Alaska. I can’t confirm how accurate all those descriptions were, but I liked how Tucker included details about the Natives of Alaska and about their food and lifestyle. I can say that while Alaska sounds like a beautiful place, this city girl is definitely not cut out for that life.Family is a major theme in this book. Calla has always longed for a relationship with her father, Wren, but broken promises lead her giving up hope that they would ever have one. But when she gets the call about Wren’s health deteriorating, she decides to put ill feelings aside and gives their relationship one last shot. Watching Calla and Wren try to build back their relationship warmed my heart and Calla is so much like her father, it’s undeniable. Another father/daughter relationship I adored was Calla’s relationship with her stepfather, Simon. I loved how close they were and how thoughtful Simon was. I think this may be the first book I’ve read with a strong stepfather/daughter relationship and I definitely need more of them in romance books.I connected with Calla instantly and was so invested in her story. She’s at a point where she’s not quite sure where life will lead her next but she knows that if she doesn’t take this chance to get to know her father, she might regret it. She discovers a lot about herself while up in the mountains of Alaska and realizes that her parents mistakes don’t have to be her mistakes too. Then we have the love interest, Jonah. The sky cowboy tested both mine and Calla’s patience because oh did I want to slap his sassy mouth when we first met him. But slowly but surely, Jonah started to grow on me and he totally had me swooning by the end. I thought he was the perfect match for Calla because though their personalities were the complete opposite, he grounded her. He provided her emotional support while she was going through everything with Wren and loved her deeply. I need these Alaskan lumberjack yetis to find their way to the city because yo gurl is in the market for one, lol.K.A. Tucker is the queen of subtle romances. I love how she slowly weaves them into her stories and builds them up to the point where the sexual tension becomes explosive. Jonah and Calla’s banter was entertaining as hell and I loved the pranks they pulled on one another. These light-hearted moments definitely balanced out the heavier moments in this book.The Simple Wild was everything I expected from a K.A. Tucker book and one of my top reads for this year. Seriously, I urge you all to pick this one up because it’s so freakin’ good and you won’t be able to stop once you start reading! Also, you may want to grab a few tissues because you may shed a tear or two by the end.
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  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Gah! I loved this book. It will definitely be on my re-read book list. It's one of those books that swallows you whole and captures your heart. And after its done you want to do it all over again, even the heartbreak, because it felt so real. The emotions were captured so well with these characters.It's been about a week since I read this book and it keeps coming into my mind and my heart, which is telltale sign that it's a book that captures you whole. Calla Fletcher is living her life they onl Gah! I loved this book. It will definitely be on my re-read book list. It's one of those books that swallows you whole and captures your heart. And after its done you want to do it all over again, even the heartbreak, because it felt so real. The emotions were captured so well with these characters.It's been about a week since I read this book and it keeps coming into my mind and my heart, which is telltale sign that it's a book that captures you whole. Calla Fletcher is living her life they only way she knows how, which at times is a bit superficial. Suddenly Calla finds herself jobless and floundering. When a call from her long lost father comes, she's torn to go and visit. But she knows this is important because she has many unanswered feelings with the rejection from her father. As soon as she arrives in Alaska, things aren't going here way. Especially when the brut of a man Jonah makes her life more difficult. "I've got a lot of regrets, kiddo. But falling for your mother has never been one of them"As time goes by Calla starts to learn about her past and gets to know her dad and all the people whom mean something to him. The land and people of Alaska were portrayed so well that it felt like you where there meeting everyone yourself. Calla and Jonah were a bit oil and water to start with but eventually changed their consistencies to need each other and find a slice of happiness in a situation that has an end date. "You're not alone. You've got me. And I've got you, and we'll get through this together."I loved every character in this book. Especially Wren, Agnes, Mabel, Simon and Susan. Each of these characters create so much emotional impact that help navigate Calla's journey of family, loss, love and hope.This was such a beautiful book. It's a beautiful emotional roller coaster but totally worth the ride. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Not enough stars. No kidding. Oh my heart!! The Simple Wild was beautiful, in story and in the setting. This book had everything, laughter, sadness, love and friendship. My puffy eyes are proof of all of these. I couldn’t contain my emotions. It was more than my body could take. KA Tucker pulled no punches with this. It was raw and real and I felt like I was there, experiencing everything with them. She was in her element with this. I have a feeling this will be in my top 10 of this year and it’ Not enough stars. No kidding. Oh my heart!! The Simple Wild was beautiful, in story and in the setting. This book had everything, laughter, sadness, love and friendship. My puffy eyes are proof of all of these. I couldn’t contain my emotions. It was more than my body could take. KA Tucker pulled no punches with this. It was raw and real and I felt like I was there, experiencing everything with them. She was in her element with this. I have a feeling this will be in my top 10 of this year and it’s definitely my favorite of hers now. Bumped TTB off that pedestal. So freaking good. Life is definitely not always as simple as we’d like it to be. Man, I can’t wait till you guys read this book.I received an ARC for an honest review. And I honestly loved it. HARD.
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  • Vanessa (nessreads)
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review*5 "Believe in Fate" StarsSpeechless. Utterly speechless. Cosmic. Euphoric. Spellbound. Those are just a couple of words to describe how this book made me feel. I'm in a state of I-just-want-to-reread-this-book-forever-and-ever-knowing-I'll-never-get-sick-of-it.I know I'm not the only one when I say that there are more than a few authors that are on your TBR that you haven't gotten a chance to read yet. I know for me, I constan *Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review*5 "Believe in Fate" StarsSpeechless. Utterly speechless. Cosmic. Euphoric. Spellbound. Those are just a couple of words to describe how this book made me feel. I'm in a state of I-just-want-to-reread-this-book-forever-and-ever-knowing-I'll-never-get-sick-of-it.I know I'm not the only one when I say that there are more than a few authors that are on your TBR that you haven't gotten a chance to read yet. I know for me, I constantly say I'll get to them eventually, only for me to continuously put it off. Why? I have no idea. And right now I'm kicking and berating myself for not reading KA sooner. I've been missing out, big time. Drawn. Captivating. Immersed. I was all these things while reading The Simple Wild. I was transported to the Alaskan wild. I was right smack in the middle, experiencing everything I was reading. I was sitting next to Jonah doing what he does best, flying planes. I was playing checkers with Wren on his well worn table. I was picking berries with Mabel. I was in Agnes' kitchen helping with dinner. And I was on the porch with Calla being illuminating by the strings of Christmas lights. I not only fell in love with KA's writing and vivid imagery, but she also made me long and miss a place I've never been. Calla Fletcher was two when she and her mother left Alaska after her parents marriage fell apart. Years, it's been years since the last time Calla spoke to her father. And now, after receiving a devastating phone call informing her of her fathers illness Calla must make a decision. Calla decides to go to Alaska in hopes of connecting with her estranged father, and wanting to get answers she's desperately seeking after so many years. And getting those answers won't be easy. And without even knowing, Calla will find herself walking the same path as her parents and having to make the same decision her mom made all those years ago.To say that Calla's arrival into Alaska is bumpy is an understatement. To begin with, her nerves are all over the place, and then add to that the brash and annoying pilot, Jonah, who picks her up is not helping. Without her knowledge this is just the start of what's to come. To say that Calla has a rough time adjusting to Alaskan living is putting it mildly. It doesn't help that a certain broody pilot isn't helping her situation. Though, Calla does her best to get acquainted to how things are done in Alaska. And though at times she feels defeated, she doesn't succumb and finds herself actually embracing this way of living.To say that Jonah and Calla are complete opposites is accurate. From the beginning it was evident that these two didn't like each other. Before even getting a chance to know Calla, Jonah judged her. Thinking he knew her "type" he was widely mistaken. And once he got to know her, it appeared he liked her and was completely wrong about his previous misconceived notions. I absolutely loved the banter and bickering between Jonah and Calla. These two made me laugh, smile and swoon. Jonah was rugged and alpha (but not over the top) he was an all around good guy. I loved the buildup and growth to their relationship. It added to the chemistry that was already there. I couldn't get enough of Calla and Jonah and just wanted more. But this book is so much more than a romance. It's a story about family, growth, and learning who you are. I am so in love with this book. As soon as I was done reading I wanted to start reading it all over again. KA's writing is absolutely stunning. The plot was original and captivated me from the start. With a set of characters that had me wishing they were real. The Simple Wild is a profound story that'll stay with me forever. Definitely a top favorite that'll make my favorites list of 2018. I highly recommend.
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